Spicy, Sticky, Sweet, Asian Meatballs

The first time I made these I just sort of threw them together, I didn’t take great notes and I didn’t get a picture. Of course Jesse loved them (and so did I) and said they had to go on the blog, so I had to do my best to recreate them. The second time they turned out even better than the first and we’ve since had them twice in a month. That’s a sure sign of winner in our house.

I wanted to call these “Hot, sticky, sweet” Asian meatballs. You know, after the song. But Jesse thought it sounded better with all S’s, so Spicy, Sticky, Sweet Asian Meatballs they are. Either way, it’s the best way to describe these. The chili garlic sauce gives the sauce a nice heat, which is also carried through in the meatballs. But the spicy flavor is balanced out with the sweet, sticky sauce and pop of fresh ginger.

In non-food related news, I’m headed to Boston tomorrow! What’s in Boston? The Irish Dancing World Championships, that’s what! I get to see my dance family that I’ve missed so much AND I get to watch my cousin dance in her first solo worlds competition. I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll let you know how it goes!

Here are some other cool Meatball recipes, all made with ground turkey instead of beef!

Greek Turkey Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce
Southwest Turkey Meatballs


  1. These look amazing – can’t wait to try them!

  2. These look so delicious!

    Have fun at the dance competition. I miss those so much!

  3. Oh Jess, this looks aaaaaaaahhh—-may—zzzzzzing! This photo is absolutely beautiful!!

  4. Yum! I could eat a whole bowl of these :)

  5. Yum! These look super good.

  6. These look great! I love that you used ground turkey too! I’ll be making them :)

  7. These are delicious! They will become a staple in my house!

  8. I tried these one night and was absolutely hooked, I make them all the time now! One thing I have noticed is I end up adding more panko than the recipe calls for, to get a little more texture in them. These are unreal and I encourage everyone to make them :)

  9. Yum!!!

  10. Hey Jessica! Thanks so much for creating this recipe. I made it last night for DH and ILs and everyone loved it! I made 1.5 batch in hopes of having some leftover for lunch but no such luck!

  11. Hi there! Thanks for the recipe! I made this tonight and it was so easy and SO delicious!

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